Sewing With Little Ones
Sewing is something therapeutic for me and it’s a skill I'd love my children to learn! My preschooler started sewing when he was 3 - basic hand stitching with felt. He refused the plastic yarn needles, but jumped right into the sewing needles. Of course this came with heaps of needle pricks, but he persisted.
So what sparked my preschoolers interest?
Make sewing crafts
Sew his learning materials
How do I encourage this skill?
I ask him: I craft every now and then, and when I do, I ask my preschooler if he'd like a try.
I relate this skill back to our beloved prophet ﷺ: I tell my preschooler about how our prophet ﷺ mended his clothes and fixed things around the home. When we follow his footsteps we will get more rewards, God willing.
What's in our Sewing Basket:
The benefits of sewing include:
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- Develops and refines fine motor skills
- Learn patience
- Improves concentration
- Builds self confidence
- It's a life long skill
- Helps them use their creativity and imagination
When to start?
Start when your child is ready and shows interest. If they show interest it means they'll enjoy this more and maintain focus. You know your child’s strengths and weaknesses, so work with that. If your toddler can start holding things, start weaving with items at home (I've listed a few ideas below). As they progress introduce the plastic yarn needle.
Weaving for toddlers can look like this:
Baking Rack and Ribbon
You have control to make the holes as big as you want. Ideal for both toddlers and preschoolers.
My preschooler has sewn some prayer mats for our Qur'an Inspired Ramadan activity last year.
He continued with this 'ayah' inspired piece which I am yet to turn into a cushion.
He is currently working on his Masjid piece which I plan to turn into a library bag for him, God willing.
I love that he enjoys this so much! I really hope this blog post is useful and has inspired you to start sewing with your little one!!
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